A calcaneal spur (or heel spur) is a small osteophyte (bone spur) located on the calcaneus (heel bone). Calcaneal spurs are typically detected by a radiological examination (X-ray).
When a foot bone is exposed to constant stress, calcium deposits build up on the bottom of the heel bone. Generally, this has no effect on a person's daily life. However, repeated damage can cause these deposits to pile up on each other, causing a spur-shaped deformity, called a calcaneal (or heel) spur. Obese people, flat footed people, and women who constantly wear high-heeled shoes are most susceptible to heel spurs.
What Causes of Calcaneal Spurs?
- When a foot bone is exposed to constant stress, calcium deposits build up on the bottom of the heel bone.
- Heel spurs are often caused by strains on foot muscles and ligaments, stretching of the plantar fascia.
- Obese people, flat footed people, and women who constantly wear high-heeled shoes are most susceptible to heel spurs.
What are The Risk factors for Calcaneal spurs include?
- Walking gait abnormalities, which place excessive stress on the heel bone, ligaments, and nerves near the heel
- Running or jogging, especially on hard surfaces
- Poorly fitted or badly worn shoes, especially those lacking appropriate arch support
- Excess weight and obesity.
Signs and Symptoms of Heel Spurs
- Early signs of heel pain are usually due to plantar fasciitis, (inflammation of the plantar fascia). The pain is greatest after resuming activity after rest (the plantar fascia shortens).
- Pain in the bottom of the foot on the first steps of the day is a classic sign of plantar fasciitis.
- A heel spur develops when this pain is ignored and the chronic inflammation increases the stress on the fascia. The result is a growth of bone on the bottom of the heel.
Diagnosis and Test for Calcaneal Spur
- X-ray will show the bony Calcaneal spur very clearly.
Prevention of Calcaneal Spurs
Avoid wearing shoes with excessive wear on the heels and soles. If you are overweight, losing weight may also help prevent heel spurs.
You can prevent heel spurs by wearing well-fitting shoes with shock-absorbent soles.
Homeopathic Treatment for Calcaneal spur
Homeopathic Medicine have excellent results in Calcaneal spur and it is very strongly recommended. Homeopathy can offer excellent relief in pain in many cases. However, it cannot reverse the bony growth.